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Stylistic Elements - Magic Helper and Rule of Three

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Rhonda Tue

on 7 October 2016

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Transcript of Stylistic Elements - Magic Helper and Rule of Three

Magic Helper and Rule of Three
Stylistic Elements
Fairy tales are short, narrative pieces of writing that fall under the genre of fiction. They typically feature such folkloric characters such as fairies, dragons, elves, talking animals, giants or gnomes, and usually magic or other forms of enchantment.
Often fairy tales involve a far-fetched (or hard to believe) sequence of events.
*Magic helper- a character with special powers.

*Rule of three- a trip of elements such as three wishes reveal an important message.
Stylistic Elements
Rule of Three Examples

Can you spot the Rule of Three?
Story #1 from yesterday’s activity was a variation of the Disney classic, “Sleeping Beauty.” In that story, Princess Aurora is cursed by the evil witch, Maleficent, who declares that before Aurora reaches her 16th birthday, she will die by a poisoned spinning-wheel. To try to prevent this, the king places Aurora (now going by the name “Briar Rose”) into hiding, in the care of
good-natured fairies named Flora, Fauna, and Merryweather. In the original story, each of the
fairies has a special power that benefits the princess in one way or another.
Did you see anything in either of our two stories yesterday that might fall under this idea of the “rule of three”?
Magic helper- a character with special powers
Stylistic Element:
Magic Helper
Magic helpers
, such as the “Fairy Godmother” in Cinderella, allow for things to
occur within a story that would otherwise be impossible. The
magic helper
is the
element that usually links the genres of fairy tales & fantasy fiction.
Magic helpers
often assist other characters with their problems, allowing the plot to progress and
the conflict(s) to be resolved.
Would Cinderella have ever been able to make it to the ball on time if the
Fairy Godmother’s wand hadn’t turned the pumpkin into a coach, her rags
into a dress, and the mice into horses?

Would Pinocchio have been able to turn
into a “real boy” without the blue fairy’s help?

Would Aladdin have been able
to end up with Jasmine if it hadn’t been for the genie.
Think about it:
It’s important to recognize them as a part of the collection of strategies that fictional writers use to make their stories interesting.
What was evident in the previously read stories that might fall under this idea of the

magic helper
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